This post covers the best things to do in Los Angeles in October.
We include a top 10 list as well as a family-friendly, nighttime activities, and free things to do, all updated for 2022.
- Top 10
- Free Things to Do
- Nighttime Activities
- How’s the Weather
- Los Angeles Walking Tours
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER
This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in LA throughout October.
For tips on the most popular activities and ways to find discounts in LA, check out our other popular posts:
- Things to Do in LA (any time of year)
- Walking Tours of LA
- LA Bus Tours
- Tourist Attraction Discount Passes
1. Go to a Concert
There are a lot of concert venues in Los Angeles.
We’ve listed the highlights below, but you can find information about concerts at the links listed below, or click here to find more events.
- Doobie Brothers | October 2nd
- Pixies | October 3rd
- Muse | October 4th
- Wu Tang Clan/Nas | October 4th
- Tom Jones | October 4th
- The Black Keys | October 8th
- Mary J. Blige | October 9th
- Gwar | October 9th
- My Chemical Romance | October 11, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th
- Kenny Loggins | October 13th
- Amy Grant | October 14th
- Florence and the Machine | October 14th
- Lil Nas X | October 18th, 19th
- Death Cab for Cutie | October 18th, 21st
- Harry Styles | October 23rd, 24th, 26th, 28th, 29th
- Regina Spektor | October 27th
- Belinda Carlisle | October 27th
- Cypress Hill/Everlast/Haunted Hill | October 29th
- Mark Anthony | October 30th
See all the concerts happening in Los Angeles.
2. Go to a Sporting Event
October is a great month to watch baseball, soccer, or women’s basketball.
Be sure to chomp on the World Famous Dodger Dog hotdog when you visit Dodger Stadium as you cheer on L.A.’s favorite baseball team.
Check here for all sporting events in Los Angeles.
- L.A Dodgers or Angels | April – October
- L.A. Sparks | May - October
- L.A. Galaxy or L.A. Football Club | March – October
- L.A. Rams | September - January
- L.A. Kings | October - June
Seeing a big game is a great way to spend your afternoon or evening!
For more things to do at night, check the section down below.
3. Go on a Sightseeing Tour
We offer pay-what-you-like tours and plan to introduce new tours soon or you can try our self-guided walking tours.
Check out our calendario to book a guided walking tour.
If you’re looking for a bus tour, we have a great comparison of L.A.’s best.
From hop-on-hop-off buses to nonstop our nighttime tours, you’ll find one to suit you here.
Another option is to check out a studio tour. See what it is like to be a working Hollywood actor or a gaffer. Or find out what a gaffer does!
4. Attend the Theatre
Live theatre is a wonderful thing to enjoy while traveling. L.A. has a few options in October.
- Jagged Little Pill | October 1st, 2nd
- Cats | October 4th - 16th
- Ondara | October 5th
- Oklahoma | October 8th
- To Kill a Mockingbird | October 25th - 30th
- Tango the Musical | October 28th
Check out all the theatrical events in Los Angeles here.
5. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass
To make the most out of your time in LA, and save a lot of money while seeing the sights, consider purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.
You’ll pay one fee upfront and receive free or highly discounted entry into many of the city’s most popular attractions and activities.
Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.
Read our post comparing the different LA tourist discount passes. Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals.
For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our master post on Things to do in LA.
6. Attend a Film Festival
See below for a few October Film festivals taking place in Los Angeles.
You never know if the films you see on the festival circuit will eventually hit it big!
- Beyond Fest | September 24th - October 10th | The Egyptian Theatre, Ero Theatre, Mission Tiki Drive-in Theater
- Hollywood Film Festival | Dates not yet announced | TCL Chinese Theatre
- Awareness Film Festival | October 6th -16th | The Regal at LA Live | Live and online in 2022
- ReelAbiltities Film Festival | October 2022 dates not yet released
For a list of other film festivals in California, see this master list.
7. See a Live Stand-Up Show
Los Angeles is home to some of the most famous comedians in the world, and many others are drawn to perform in the city throughout the year.
As a result, there are usually a lot of great stand-up shows happening in LA each month, and October is no different.
Here are some of the most notable comedians scheduled to perform in or around the City of Angels this month:
- Trixie Mattel | October 12th
- Lewis Black | October 15th
- Chelsea Handler | October 14th
- Joel McHale/Ken Jeong | October 8th
Check this list of comedy shows to see who else will be performing in the area this October.
8. Go to the Opera
The Los Angeles Opera will be producing at least one major show this month.
Omar is scheduled to run from October 22nd through November 13th, 2022, at the Dorothy Chanler Pavalion.
The opera Lucia will be playing from September 17th - October 9th as well.
Purchase tickets for the Los Angeles Opera or learn more.
9. Attend a Music Festival
There are several music festivals scheduled for October of 2022.
Whether you couldn't find a concert you wanted to attend or you just want more live music, these shows are an excellent opportunity to enjoy a variety of tunes at one event.
- Outlaw Music Festival | Oct 16th
- Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers and More
- NickFest | October 22nd and 23rd
- Nickedoloan invites acts such as Kid Lario and Monsta
Outside of the Los Angeles are there the Ohana Festival with Eddie Vedder, Jack White and more - September 30th - October 2nd, and the Desert Daze festival with Tame Impala, Iggy Pop, and more - September 30th to October 2nd.
Check this list of music festivals to see what else is coming to Los Angeles in 2022.
10. Food and Wine Festival
Enjoy the 7th annual food and wine festival takes place October 2nd and 3rd on Newport Beach!
The weekend includes over 40 samplings from area restaurants and chefs, over 250 tastings from breweries & wineries, intimate chef dinners and much more.
Check the website for tickets and more information.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
One of the largest Halloween gatherings in the country, the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is a street festival that takes place on Santa Monica Boulevard in WeHo.
Come dressed in costume and expect a large crowd!
The event is free to attend and runs from 6pm-10:30 pm on October 31st.
See below for more Halloween events in “Things to do in the evening”.
THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN OCTOBER
Below is just a sampling of the many things to do at night in October.
For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post Things to do at Night in LA.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios
Hollywood’s Universal Studios prepares to scare this Halloween with special attractions and mazes for its Halloween Horror Nights.
With a maze, 10 haunted houses (themed along the lines of "Legends Collide", "The Horrors of Blumhouse" and "Halloween" the movie), 5 scare zones, and 2 live shows, you are sure to be both entertained and scared out of your mind.
The horror takes place on select evenings throughout September and October.
Information and tickets can be found here.
Knott’s Scary Farm
Embrace the Halloween spirit at the largest Halloween experience in SoCal!
Knott’s Berry Farm completely transforms itself into a haunted haven.
Enjoy haunted mazes and special attractions & shows, and more than 1,000 spooky characters lurking in every corner of the park.
Check the website for more information and tickets!
The scares takes place on selectt evenings from September 22nd - October 31st.
Information and tickets can be found here.
Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary
The historic (and haunted!) cruise ship that is docked in Long Beach offers its take on Halloween frights.
Watch a séance, join a guided tour of the paranormal ship, or dine with the spirits.
More information and tickets are available on the website.
Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park
The ultimate Halloween scare takes place at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.
Guests can visit the Haunted Village, take part in a Haunted Hayride, visit the House of Shadows, and “Trick-or-Treat” nightly.
This event can be frightful and is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
Check the website for more details and tickets!
Tales from the Other Side Tour
During the daytime Paramount offers movie studio tours but at night in the autumn through November 3, they offer a nighttime tour of the Hollywood cemetery.
This famous resting place is the home of many of Hollywood’s favorite stars like Judy Garland, Cecil B. Demille, and Rudolph Valentino.
Champagne and movie candy is included in your ticket.
Find additional information and book your tickets on their website.
Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Head up north to Santa Clarita to Magic Mountain theme park if you are a thrill-seeking rollercoaster lover.
Stick around as the sun goes down for Fright Fest.
You can expect creepy characters and haunted mazes throughout the park. The evening activities might be too spooky for kids.
Activities take place on select nights between September 10th and October 31st.
For more information, visit their website.
Attend a Movie Screening
Could anything be more LA than spending time in front of the silver screen? It’s even better when you can watch them outside on a nice summer night!
Street Food Cinema is a series of summer movies that partner with food trucks!
This October movies such as Mean Girls, Hocus Pocus, Edward Scissorhands, Twilight, Beatlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more are scheduled.
Each date is at a different location in Los Angeles.
Be sure to buy your tickets in advance!
For more outdoor movie screenings, see our Los Angeles Summer Guide.
Check out a Los Angeles Bar
There are many places to get a good drink in L.A. Below are just a sample of suggestions.
Go to the 7 Grand for a great whiskey bar. If you are a rum lover- head to Pouring With Heart.
The Slipper Clutch is like an 80s punk rock scene. Cocktails are super fancy but not super expensive since they are pre-batched.
Want to go back in time to a Hollywood-style swing bar? Go to the Cicada Club.
Looking for a themed- bar? Try Scum & Villainy in Hollywood- It is a STAR WARS themed bar.
Want a really interesting experience? Look for Hollywood’s favorite speakeasy No Vacancy.
See an Improv Or Comedy Show
L.A. is well known for comedy and improv.
You may be seeing seasoned Los Angeles improvisers, you might catch a group of students, or you may be in on a night when Aziz Ansari is trying out new material.
Below are just a few places to catch an evening comedy show.
- Upright Citizens Brigade
- The Groundlings
- Comedy Sportz (family-friendly)
- Improv Hollywood
- The Laugh Factory
- The Comedy Store
- Stand-up Comedy Clinic
For suggestions on other nighttime activities, read the other sections of this post or our post on things to do at night in LA .
FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES IN OCTOBER
There are lots of things to do in L.A. with families!
Here are a few more kid-friendly activities for the month of October.
See a Movie at the El Capitan Theatre
The historic theatre in Hollywood (it opened in 1926!) offers films with a little extra magic that children and families love.
Now owned by Disney, movie-goers can often expect confetti to fall from the ceiling, live singing, and appearances by Disney cast members.
Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
Attend Hometown Fair in Manhattan Beach October 1st and 2nd, 2022.
This event has a lot to offer for people of all ages. Spend the day strolling through over 300 arts & crafts vendors, enjoy local live music, and take in the artwork of local amateur artists.
Additionally, enjoy food and beverage booths raising money for local non-profits.
Celebrate Halloween at a Pumpkin Patch
Head to one of the local farms nearby for corn mazes, apple cider, hayrides, and find fun for all ages.
Aids Walk 10K
A 10K walking event that benefits a number of AIDS and HIV charities, AIDS Walk Los Angeles begins and ends in Grand Park and on the steps of City Hall in downtown LA.
Check the website for more information and to register!
Boo at the Zoo
Throughout most of October, visit the L.A. for Boo at the Zoo - a family-fun event!
There will be Halloween themed activities as well as opportunities to see the animals!
Visit the Automotive Museum
Vintage car lovers flock to the Petersen Automotive Museum where its extensive collection studies the history of the automobile and its impact on culture.
Check out over 250 vehicles in the “vault” as well as a number of rotating exhibits.
For kiddos, there is a super cool Disney Pixar Cars exhibit where you can work to create your own virtual race car.
FREE THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER
Los Angeles always has free events for the whole family to attend. In fact, some of the events we’ve listed above are also free to attend!
For even more free activities, see our Guide to Free Things to Do in LA.
The annual Avocado fest in Carpinteria, California typically takes place in early October.
It boasts that it is the largest FREE music festival in California and also has the world’s largest vat of guacamole.
Could there be anything more California than a festival that celebrates avocados? The event is family-friendly and has free admission!
Pasadena Art Night
If you love art, head to Pasadena in October for the twice yearly ArtNight. There will be jewelry, drawing, photography, and sculpture. Admission to this event is free and all ages are welcome.
This fall is takes place on October 14th, 2022.
Fall Festival at The Original Farmers Market
Take the family to The Original Farmers Market to celebrate the fall harvest.
This annual free festival will also include arts & crafts vendors, artisan demonstrations, and a children’s petting zoo.
Dates for 2022 haven't been announced yet, so check back on the website for updated information!
Admission is free!
Day of the Dead
The Hollywood Forever Cemetary has a Dia De Los Muertos Festival.
Daytime events include cultural performances, a children's plaza, art exhibitions, dance, and food. Gates are open 9 AM - 3 PM.
Nighttime events include many of the same offerings, but also an alter display contest. Gates are open 5PM - midnight.
It all takes place on October 29th, 2022.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
MOCA Grand offers free admission to all visitors.
It’s a great way to introduce children to contemporary art and begin the conversation about what defines something as art.
Free Museum Days at the La Brea Tar Pits
Millions of animal and plant fossils have been discovered at the tar pits.
Come check out the story that they tell at the museum. Every Tuesday in September is free at the La Brea Tar Pits!
NOTE: While they aren't currently offering free days at the La Brea Tar Pits, there are several ways to get free or discounted admission.